Makari failed to win in four starts in bumpers but scored over timber at Fakenham last month and is sure to be in the firing-line. In contrast, QUOUSKO DE L'ISOP has yet to score over timber but landed a couple of bumpers back in 2010. With the obstacles out of the way, he might just return to form here and gets the tentative vote. Pure Style won a bumper at Stratford in September and is another with claims but the remaining trio will do well to get involved on what they've shown to date.
Makari 5-4fav (11-5) Took keen hold, held up in mid-division, headway 4th, chased leaders after 3 out, led on outside 2 out, ridden and headed between last 2, no extra last, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Robbie (11-12) at Southwell 2m nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Orsm 100-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, blundered and lost place 7th, tailed off and pulled up before last, in a race won by Sainglend (11-1) at Stratford 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr, 14 ran.
Pure Style (IRE) 15-8 (10-12) Held up mid-division, headway before 3 out, led before 2 out, headed before and blundered last, kept on and held by winner, 2nd of 10, 2 3/4l behind Polly Peachum (10-5) at Stratford 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (3) sft in Nov.
Quousko de L'Isop (FR) 14-1 (11-9) In touch, hit 3rd, weakened before 3 out, pulled up soon after, in a race won by Lamps (11-9) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Nov, 17 ran.
Sirius Chesnut 16-1 (10-9) Held up mid-division, headway before 3 out, went 3rd from 2 out, weakened run-in, 7th of 15, 10l behind Dormouse (11-8) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Nov.
Syndication (IRE) 8-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders in 3rd, pushed along 4 out, weakened before 3 out, last of 5, 32l behind Well Refreshed (11-9) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Nov.